As a child, I loved playing with a kaleidoscope. When I peeked through the hole at the end of the tube—wow—what an intricate pattern of gorgeous colors! And even more amazing, with every turn of the tube, new patterns emerged. The kaleidoscope was a treasured toy that in my day amused both adults and kids alike. We always carefully put it away in a writing desk drawer after use.
In many ways life is like a kaleidoscope. Today was a gorgeous day, so I sat out back to eat lunch. I had been working on a sewing project, even though I had not sewn a garment in decades. But it was going well, and I felt pleased, happy, content with life. In fact, as my mind contemplated challenges of the past, I did my best to thank God for them because they stretched me and strengthened me in many ways. Hurtful remarks made me wrestle with who I was in God’s sight. Unfair treatment challenged me to rise above a situation. God uses the worst of circumstances to bring out the best in our human nature—if we look to him.
Now, of course, when our eyes are dimmed with tears, it’s hard to see beauty within the kaleidoscope. I admit, I’ve often missed it for days, months and even years. But patience is the key. In James 1:2 we read: “Consider it pure joy . . . whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”
Like the kaleidoscope, each snapshot of life offers a unique beauty all its own. As we point that toy toward the light--the light of Christ--and turn that tube, colors brighten and surprising things happen. It is no secret, what God can do. Those song lyrics were popular about the time I was playing with the kaleidoscope, and the message is timeless.
Can you see something good that came out of a past challenge? Thank God that He saw you through it. And if it’s not too personal, share a note so others may be encouraged.
Enjoy the journey.